Clifford J. Merritt

On December 18, 2015, Mr. Merritt was appointed as President of the General Partner. Mr. Merritt had been a consultant with the General Partner since July 1, 2014, and to other private exploration and development companies since November 2013. Prior to that time and since 2004, he was employed by Chesapeake Energy Corporation. From 2010 to 2013, he served as Chesapeake’s Vice President Land – Southern Division and from 2005 to 2010, as Chesapeake’s Land Manager – Barnett Shale District. Before joining Chesapeake he worked for Okland Oil, Ricks Exploration and Concho Resources during the years of 1990 through 2003, each of which is an independent oil and gas company. He has a B.B.A. from the University of Central Oklahoma. During his career, Mr. Merritt has been involved and managed the Land functions of numerous acquisitions and divestitures of oil and gas properties and supervised the drilling and completion of over 2,000 oil and gas wells throughout multiple states in the continental US.